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    Bad Suns jammed out with a thrilling performance at Club Congress

    Darien Bakas
    Christo Bowman of Bad Suns embraces the crowd as his band performs at Club Congress on Thursday, June 30 in Tucson, Ariz.

    One of the things capable of bringing people together is music, especially live music. This effect could be seen as a large crowd of people waited in line outside of Hotel Congress Thursday evening, as they eagerly awaited to get their fill of alternative indie rock.

    Hipsters, teens and music lovers, both young and old, gathered to see alternative rock band Bad Suns, at a sold out show at Club Congress Thursday night.

    “We like it here, we’re big fans of Tucson,” said Bad Suns frontman Christo Bowman. “Every time we play here there is always a warm crowd, and we haven’t played here in a while so we’re excited to be here tonight.”

    The large crowd outside breathed a huge sigh of relief as they were eventually let into the venue, quickly filling up the rather small standing-room only space of Club Congress.

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    Finally, the show began. Rock band Groves handled opening band duties and did so with a performance that wasn’t incredibly captivating, but still quenched fans’ thirst for alternative music as they eagerly awaited the lead performers.

    After what seemed like an eternity spent between the performances, the Bad Suns finally took stage. They delivered an electrifying performance with enough energy to make the audience go into “Cardiac Arrest”.

    You could tell Bowman and company had a great time on stage, and this translated well with the audience. The small venue allowed for a really intimate experience that had audience members dancing and jamming out to the band’s unique sound.

    The power of Bad Suns interesting musical style filled the room throughout the entire performance — a style with influences that are somewhat difficult to pin down.

    “Our influences are one of those things we do talk about a lot and I feel like we get nowhere trying to talk about it,” Bowman said. “We get some of it from ’80s post-punk bands, but it isn’t limited to that.”

    The group hail from Los Angeles and released their debut album, Language and Perspective, in 2014. The band garnered acclaim and popularity from their hit single, “Cardiac Arrest.”

    Their sophomore album, Disappear Here will come out this September.

    “We just released the first single off the album and I think we’re all kinda thinking like what are people gonna think of this,” Bowman said, “but people seem to be reacting well to the expansion of the sound.”

    Understanding the audience’s anticipation for the new music, the band treated the crowd with several songs off their upcoming album, many of which have not even come out yet.

    “We can’t possibly predict what songs will work as singles and I don’t even think any of us planned on “Cardiac Arrest” being a single,”Bowman said. “It pretty much just took off and had a life of its own, which was great.”

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    The band started the show with their newest single “Disappear Here,” then played some tunes off their first album, including “Transpose” and “Dancing on Quicksand” before transitioning into their new material. The band remained connected to the crowd throughout the show, making for a fiercely entertaining performance.

    The band’s passion for their music easily bled through in their performance.

    “It’s great to have your hobby and your occupation be the same thing,” Bowman said.

    Bowman noted that the creative process is never the same. He said that it’s all about capturing what’s in the air at the moment.

    Unfortunately, the set turned out rather short, clocking in at just under an hour. Understandable, since the band technically only has one studio album thus far. The crowd reacted energetically to every song and it would have been great to hear them rock out to a few more.

    Regardless, their just-under-an-hour set supplied a glorious helping of indie rock for those in attendance.

    Bad Suns will join alternative-pop artist Halsey on her tour this summer and will likely continue to grow in popularity with the release of their new album later this year.

    Those in attendance at this show got particularly lucky — the Bad Suns are going to blow up and seeing this band at an intimate venue like Club Congress will be a thing of the past.

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